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Our beat is the labor front, broadly defined, both geographically and conceptually. We examine the world of work and workers on the job as well as where they live. We examine the issues that affect their everyday lives, with a particular sensitivity towards human rights abuses, environmental concerns and the U.S. drive for global domination. We record their global struggles and provide analysis of their efforts to empower themselves and transform society to provide greater democratic, human, soc...



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Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
Jul 26, 2021 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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Part 1 of a 2 part program to be sent next week Alabama Striking Coal Miners, 4 Months on the Picket Line Say A Fair Contract Is A Matter of Life & Breath! with . Cecil Edward Roberts, Jr., Pres. of the United Mine Workers of America (UMA), a sixth-generation coal miner and one of the labor movements most stirring orators . Braxton Wright, striking coal miner . Haeden Wright, pres. of a local UMWA womens auxiliary unit For the first time in four decades, union mine workers in Alabama are...
Topics: Alabama coal strike, labor unions
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Jul 5, 2021 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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 Is now a teachable moment for economists? with William Spriggs, Ph.D. Professor in the Department of Economics, Howard University & Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO Professor William Spriggs challenges his fellow economists, in reaction to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and slams what he sees as attempts to deny racial discrimination. Dr. Spriggs argues that economists should stop looking for a reason other than racism " some omitted variable " to account for...
Topics: black lives matter, income inequality African Americans
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Jul 5, 2021 Ken Nash & Mimi Rosenberg
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JFK 8 Amazon Workers say dirtry company tactics won't stop their unionizing with . Natalie Monarrez, Amazon worker . Connor Spence, Amazon worker We want to change our relationship with the company and make it less of a dictatorship there and more of a partnership" said Connor Spence, who is a worker and union organizer, trying to form an established union call Amazon Labor Union.
Topics: black lives matter, Amazon union, Jeff Bezos
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Jul 2, 2021 Ken Nash & Mimi Rosenberg
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Mumia on the Pacifica Bylaws Amendment
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Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
Jun 28, 2021 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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 Supreme Court Decision Subjects Farmworkers to Latest Harvest of Shame with Hugh Baran, Staff Attorney, National Employment Law Project Legendary journalist Edward R. Murrows HARVEST OF SHAME is among the most famous television documentaries of all time. This long-acclaimed 1960 expos on the plight of migrant farm workers portrayed with brutally honest depictions the working conditions, the living conditions that, as Murrow remarks, "wrong the dignity of man. Now by a 6-3 vote along...
Topics: farmworkers union, SCOTUS farmworkers
Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
Jun 19, 2021 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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A Building Bridges Juneteenth special We who believe in freedom cannot rest We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes Until the killing of black men, black mothers sons Is as important as the killing of white men, white mothers sons. Ellas Song, Sweet Honey in the Rock Dr. Tiffany Crutcher who joins us from the Juneteenth freedom festival in Tulsa. Dr. Tiffany Crutcher is the founder of the Terence Crutcher Foundation named after Her twin brother, Terence Crutcher, who was unarmed...
Topics: Juneteenth, Tulsa Race Massacre
Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
Jun 13, 2021 Ken Nash & Mimi Rosenberg
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Global migration expert Oscar Chacon on the Root Causes of Latinx Migration and U.S. Foreign Policy Oscar Chacon, Ex. Dir. of Alianza Americas, a network of migrant-led organizations working in the US and transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America discusses the often overlooked structural constraint related to immigration patterns, that is the US political and economic involvement in the country of...
Topics: Alianza Americas, Temporary Protected Status VP Harris, immigration
Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
May 31, 2021 Ken Nash & Mimi Rosenberg
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Support the Postal Workers, theyre on the job to save our postal service with Jonathan Smith, president of the NY Metro Postal Workers Union The battle over the future of the Postal Service, which was a focus of American political life last year, is still on. Corrupt and incompetent Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced in March (with the backing of the present Postal Board of Governors, headed by Chair Ron Bloom) a 10-year plan to remake the post office from a constitutionally mandated...
Topics: postal workers, postal service
Silence is Not an Option: Rev. William Barber draws connections between global systems of oppression from militarism to racism to classism and hammers home the importance of solidarity with Palestine with Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign and president of Repairers of the Breach   Says Rev. Barber, “The Palestinian experience is one we can relate to through our own moral and spiritual experience. We have to address the displacement of native people...
Topics: Rev. Barber Palestine, Save the Post Office, Tulsa Race Massacre
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May 31, 2021 Ken Nash & Mimi Rosenberg
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Silence is Not an Option: Rev. William Barber draws connections between global systems of oppression from militarism to racism to classism and hammers home the importance of solidarity with Palestine with Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, co-chair of the Poor Peoples Campaign and president of Repairers of the Breach Says Rev. Barber, The Palestinian experience is one we can relate to through our own moral and spiritual experience. We have to address the displacement of native people wherever they...
Topics: Israel apartheid, Rev. Barber, Tulsa Race Massacre, Palestine liberation
Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
May 15, 2021 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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From the River to the Sea Palestine Must be Free " Free, Free Palestine! with Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and author of The Hundred Years War on Palestine 73 years since the onset of the catastrophe, with Apartheid Israel having believed Palestinian memories would fade away, has witnessed unity and courage of a people unbowed, relentlessly fighting for their land and rights, and resisting the last of the colonial monsters. As in...
Topics: Al Nakba, Free Palestine
Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
May 1, 2021 Ken Nash & Mimi Rosenberg
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How Capitalism Shapes the Multi-Racial Class Struggle with Prof. Nelson Lichtenstein Nelson Lichtenstein, director of the center for the study of work, labor and democracy brings an understanding of the issues and ideas, past and present that illuminate the nature of American capitalism to shape the multi-racial working class struggle. In the fighting spirit of May Day now Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win!
Topics: black lives matter, labor unions, occupational safety and health, temporary workers
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May 1, 2021 Ken Nash & Mimi Rosenberg
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The novel coronavirus is having a sobering effect on the American economy, but its impact on Blacks has certainly exacerbated the already troubling wealth gap! with Duke professor William Sandy Darity Jr. is an American economist and researcher whose research spans economic history, development economics, and monetary theory, but the bulk of his research is devoted to inequality in the context of race. Hes the 'founder of stratification economics.' His varied research interests have also...
Topics: black lives matter, labor unions, race and class
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Apr 12, 2021 Ken Nash & Mimi Rosenberg
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While the RWDSU challenges Amazons roadblocks to its unionization drive at Amazons Bessemer Alabama warehouse we cant help but think how different the outcome would be if the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act was the law! with Pro-Union Workers, Bessemer Alabama Amazon Warehouse with Brandon Magner, labor lawyer and who writes about unions and the law at Substack, Labor Law Lite While Amazon has left no stone unturned in its efforts to gaslight its own employees. We wont let Amazons...
Topics: Amazon union, RWDSU, black lives matter
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Whatever happened to the 8-hour day, ask immigrant woman home attendants doing 24-hour shifts? Margaret Lee, organizer with the Aint I a Woman Campaign and Prof. Shirley Lung, former Dir. of the Center for Immigrants Rights and author of Criminalizing Work and Non-Work: The Disciplining of Immigrant and African American Workers demand that those benefiting the most from sweatshop labor are held accountable"whether in garment factories, home healthcare, or offices. A century after Sojourner...
Topics: working women, home care attendants, Asian Americans
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Mar 25, 2021 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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The Abolish ICE NY NJ Coalition Rallies to End Detentions, Stop ICE Transfers from Criminal Custody, Stop Deportations & Abolish ICE! Migrant detainees, on hunger strike and recently released hunger strikers who were detained in Hudson County Jail and Buffalo Federal Detention Facility facing deportation tell their harrowing stories. 
Topics: Immigration, refugees, deportation, ICE
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Mar 8, 2021 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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Women and people of color are disproportionately impacted by the poverty wages allowed under our current minimum wage laws: 45% of women (74.2 million), 59.7% of Black people (23.7 million), 64.1% of Latinx people (38 million), 40.8% of Asian people (8 million), and 58.9 percent of Native and Indigenous people (2.14 million), living in the richest nation in the world, are poor or low-income. Their work on the frontlines during the pandemic must be recognized with an increase in the federal...
Topics: women workers, women's history month, women covid-19
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Mar 6, 2021 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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Now we celebrate International Working Women's Day and Womens History Month from 1911 to 2021 " from The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 which led to International Women's Day our first stop is the protest to demand "Stop Liox/Wash Supply's union-busting campaign against immigrant laundry workers." The protesters also seek to highlight working-class solidarity, from NYC's laundry workers and the Hunts Point market workers in the Bronx, who inspired with their January strike --...
Topics: women's history month, women workers, laundry workers.
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Mar 1, 2021 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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A 55 minutes 57 seconds Building Bridges Special for Women’s History Month Fannie Lou Hamer: Her Song on the Road to Freedom, a one woman play written, performed and song by the magnificent MZuri Moyo Aimbaye. Fannie Lou Hamer started picking cotton at age six and was forced to leave school at  12 to work full time.  Rather than defeat her this would strengthen her resolve for the empowerment of her people and  foretold her becoming  the mother of the voting rights movement in the...
Topics: Fannie Lou Hamer, voting rights, black lives matter
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Feb 10, 2021 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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Insurgent Supremacists The Rights Wings Challenge to State and Empire We are joined by Matthew Lyons who has been studying and writing about right wing politics for over 25 years and focuses on and responses to these movements by leftists, liberals and the state.
Topics: Trump elections, black lives matter, capital insurrection
Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
Jan 30, 2021 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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Six Poultry Workers Killed & Dozens Injured in Non-Union Georgia Plant Chemical Leak With Known Health & Safety Violations with Adam Obernauer, Director of Retail Organizing, the Retail Wholesale & Department Store Union "We cannot allow this to continue to happen. Workers' lives are not disposible." " We stand with the workers at this facility and countless others who need worker-led health and safety committees, to prevent needless injuries, or as we tragically saw...
Topics: Georgia poultry plant deaths, Amazon unions, black lives matter
Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
Jan 21, 2021 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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"SHE" Deserves More: Women in the Low-Wage Workforce During the Pandemic with  Shailly Gupta Barnes, Policy Director at the Kairos Center. She coordinated and edited Souls of Poor Folk: Auditing America report for the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival I was making $5/h... and got laid off around the start of the pandemic. They told me they didn't need me anymore because of the coronavirus. Our work has always been undervalued, underpaid and our rights have...
Topics: women workers, black lives matter
Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
Jan 20, 2021 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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This is Part 1 of a 2 part program. Part 2 will be featured next week. "We Who Believe In Freedom Cannot Rest Until It Comes" O, let America be America again " The land that never has been yet " And yet must be " the land where every man is free. (Langston Hughes) Dr. Brian Jones, Dir. of Education at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, discusses the insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021 - we must worker harder, organize better, to decolonize our minds, reveal...
Topics: capital insurrection, Donald Trump, black lives matter
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Dec 10, 2020 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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An Agenda for Workers Rights Under the Biden Administration with Mark Gaston Pearce, Executive Director of Georgetown Law Centers Workers Rights Institute. Prof. Pearce was former-Board Member and Chairmen of the National Labor Relations Board who served two terms, concluding in August 2018. 
Topics: Mark Gaston Pearce, National Labor Relations Board, Labor Unions
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Dec 6, 2020 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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Yes I am a woman and my eyes are squarely centered on Black Liberation with LaTosha Brown, Cofounder of Black Voters Matter, Georgia. LaTosha Brown talks about how voters in Georgia are channeling their anger into energy in response to Trumps efforts to spread misinformation and fear, in the upcoming Senatorial runoff race to elect Democratic challengers, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. Black Voters Matter Funds LaTosha Brown says people plan to vote come heck or high water. Brown discusses...
Topics: LaTosha Brown, Black Lives Matter, Black Voters Matter
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Dec 5, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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"Campus Reform is Funneling Koch Money to Groom Right-Wing Journalists with Eleanor J. Bader who is an award winning journalist who writes about domestic issues, movements for social change, books and the arts. 
Topics: Trump, U.S. elections
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Nov 27, 2020 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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 Postal Workers Saved Our Election, and Now Need Our Help To Prevent Their Jobs Being Killed with Mark Dimondstein, Postal Workers President The 2020 election may be mostly over, but Trump Postmaster General Louis DeJoys plans to destroy the Postal Service arent"and the Postal Workers are leading a wide-ranging national coalition setting up Nov. 17 events to stop him. The union announced plans urging their allies to stage pro-Postal Service rallies, including virtual rallies at post...
Topics: American Postal Workers Union, Mark Dimonstein, Post Office and elections
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Nov 22, 2020 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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Metropolitan Transportation Authority Threatens Massive Job & Service Cuts The Metropolitan Transpiration Authoritys Dooms Day Budget threatens to cut more than 9000 jobs and 40% of the train and bus services for riders. Joining us to talk about the MTAs pandemic panic is John Samuelsen International President of the 150,000 worker strong Transport Workers Union The MTA says get back, Samuelsens union will Fight Back!
Topics: Transport Workers Union, John Samuelsen, Metropolitan Transportation Authority
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Nov 15, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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“Georgia On My Mind” and Changing the Landscape for Black Power! with  Cliff Albright, Cofounder/Ex. Dir. Black Voters Matter Fund, writer, and radio talk show host Cliff Albright is a cofounder of Black Voters Matter Fund (and BVM Capacity Building Institute) which builds community and organizational capacity related to Black voting power.  Cliff and the BVM team have been traveling throughout seven southern states in “The Blackest Bus in America” energizing voters and exposing voter...
Topics: black lives matter, black voters matter fund, Cliff Albright, Georgia Senate Elections
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Nov 6, 2020 produced by Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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Post Election Takeaway: The Way Forward for Immigrant Rights with Oscar A. Chacon is a co-founder and executive director of Alianza Americas, a Chicago-based national network of  Latin American immigrant led and immigrant serving organizations in the US. Oscar is an immigrant from El Salvador. Oscar is a frequent spokesperson, domestically and internationally, on economic, social, political and cultural issues affecting Latin American immigrant communities, including the nexus between human...
Topics: Oscar Chacon, immigration
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Oct 29, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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N.Y. Assembly Member Charles Barron: A Revolutionary Perspective on Why to engage in Electoral Politics We need those who will fight unequivocally for the rights of the exploited and oppressed. My role In the Assembly hasnt been simply to try to pass innovative  proposals or conduct vigorous oversight " which I do - but to first and foremost  advocate and agitate as loudly and clearly as possible for our side in the struggle, the side of the exploited and oppressed. 
Topics: Black Lives Matter, Charles Barron, Black Power
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Oct 10, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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Building Bridges features part 2 of a 2 part program featuring Stuart Schrader, author of Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing. Prof. Schrader Currently teaches courses in Africana Studies, International Studies and Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, where he is Associate Director of the Program in Racism, Immigration and Citizenship. Schrader reveals the global footprint of U.S. policing policies and practice.How U.S. counterinsurgency came...
Topics: black lives matter, policing, immigration
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Oct 1, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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Building Bridges features Stuart Schrader, author of “Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing”. Prof. Schrader Currently teaches courses in Africana Studies, International Studies and Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, where he is Associate Director of the Program in Racism, Immigration and Citizenship . Schrader reveals the global footprint of U.S. policing policies and practice.How U.S. counterinsurgency came home to U.S. police departments,...
Topics: policing, immigration, black lives matter
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Immigrant Workers Say They are Essential, Donald Trump Is Not in the Fight for Their Lives with Nadia Molina, Co-Ex. Director of the National Day Laborers Organizing network (NDLON) Molina talks about improving the lives of day laborers, migrants and low-wage workers and building leadership and power among those facing injustice so they can challenge inequality and expand labor, civil and political rights for all. NDLON aspires to live in a world of diverse communities where day laborers live...
Topics: immigration, undocumented workers, day laborers
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Sep 18, 2020 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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Flight Attendants Nationwide Fight for Their Jobs with Pres. Sara Nelson   Pres. of the Association of Flight Attendants, Sara Nelson says to workers, “In our hands is placed a power greater than their hoarded gold, greater than the might of armies magnified a thousand fold.” featuring   Sara Nelson, Pres. of the fifty thousand members, at twenty airlines, Association of Flight Attendants   The Association of Flight Attendants is fighting to protect 100,000 jobs in airports nationwide...
Topics: flight attendants Covid, Sara Nelson, labor unions
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Sep 15, 2020 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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Bold Policies for Economic Justice & Against Ethnic Inequality with Prof. William Darity In the midst of two viruses that are disproportionately shattering Black and Brown communities and wreaking havoc on the working class: Covid-19 and racist policing. were looking for bold policies to achieve economic justice and to think this through with us is William Darity, Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and the director of the DuBois Cook Center on...
Topics: black lives matter, William Darity, reparations
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Sep 15, 2020 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal featuring Robert Pollin, Distinguished University Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His books include Greening the Global Economy, Back to Full Employment (2012), and A Measure of Fairness: The Economics of Living Wages and Minimum Wages in the United States.   Robert Pollin, the renowned progressive economist maps out the catastrophic consequences of...
Topics: green new deal, climate crisis and jobs, Robert Pollin
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Sep 7, 2020 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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   Trump's Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is Missing in Action While Workers Plead Their Jobs are Killing Them with Marcy Goldstein-Gelb co-executive director of the National Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, a national leader in the fight for safe, healthy working conditions and to ensure that all workers can earn their living with dignity and respect and return home alive and well at the end of their shift, and now when faced with the deadly Covid-19...
Topics: Labor Day, black lives matter
An African-American & Latinx History of the U.S. & the Ongoing Struggle Against White Supremacy/White Nationalism   Paul Ortiz is professor of history at the University of Florida and is Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. He’s authored  “Remembering Jim Crow,” “Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920,” and the epic “An African American and Latinx History...
Topics: black lives matter, Latinx, labor unions
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Aug 15, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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Part 2 of From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century with Author William A. Darity, Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and the director of the DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. He has served as chair of the Department of African and African American Studies and was the founding director of the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality at Duke and says when slavery ended, the...
Topics: reparations, black lives matter
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Aug 10, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century with author William A. Darity, Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and the director of the DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. He has served as chair of the Department of African and African American Studies and was the founding director of the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality at Duke and says when slavery ended, the...
Topics: African-American reparations, black lives matter, Prof. William Darity
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Aug 3, 2020 Ken Nash & Mimi Rosenberg
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Its shameful as hell says the pro-single-payer Healthcare-NOW of the DNC Platform Committee's vote against Medicare for All with Benjamin Day, Executive Director of Healthcare-Now Benjamin Day, executive director of the pro-single-payer organization Healthcare-NOW!, says its a matter of life and death to rally behind a single-payer healthcare plan after the DNC Platform Committee overwhelmingly voted down an amendment that would have inserted support for Medicare for All into the Democratic...
Topics: Democratic National Convention, Medicare for All, Health Care Corona Virus
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Aug 1, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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Judge Puts Halt to Trumps Racist Wealth Test, the Public Charge Immigration Rule Amid Covid-19 Pandemic with Brittany Tomas, attorney, Center for Constitution Rights Federal Judge George Daniels issued two nationwide injunctions temporarily blocking the Trump Administrations public charge rules after attorneys successfully argued that the COVID-19 pandemic has made the public charge rules lethal to immigrant communities by chilling the use of healthcare and other benefits.  An injunction...
Topics: Trump immigration, public charge rules, immigration corona virus
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Jul 15, 2020 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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What progressives will be doing to try and capture the soul of the Democratic Party Michael Lighty, preeminent spokesperson and expert on Medicare for All, fellow at the Bernie Sanders Institute and delegate at the DNC talks about the virtual floor fights we can anticipate from progressive activists who want the Democratic Party to set a more aggressive policy course for the 99%.
Topics: Democratic National Convention, Medicare for All
Mexican Labor Lawyer, Susana Prieto Denounced U.S. Pressure to Reopen Maquiladora Factories.  Then She Was Jailed and Now Fears For Her Life! with Susana Prieto, Mexican Labor Lawyer, workers’ rights advocate and now political prisoner whose life and those of her attorneys is in jeopardy   Throughout the month of May, as the coronavirus pandemic was peaking in Mexico, Susana Prieto, a top Mexican labor attorney who has been defending workers' rights for over three decades, was making her...
Topics: Trump Mexico, Susana Prieto, Maquiladoras Covid-19
  3 Million Strong The National Education Association (NEA) is the largest labor union and professional interest group in the United States and says “No One Should Listen to Trump, DeVos on Reopening Schools”! with Mary Kusler, Senior Director for Advocacy of the NEA   Trump let loose with a another of his flurry of hysterical tweets condemning CDC guidance on reopening schools and threatened to withhold funding to schools that don’t reopen for fall, creating more panic for stressed...
Topics: Trump Reopening Schools, National Education Association Trump
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Jun 19, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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Still Not Free.’ A Descendant of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre on President Trump’s Decision to Hold a Rally on Juneteenth Weekend in Tulsa  Tiffany T. Crutcher, a native of Tulsa, Okla., is the twin sister of Terence Crutcher, who was shot by a police officer in 2016. The death of her brother compelled Tiffany to speak out against police brutality, particularly the killing of unarmed black men, and she is the founder of the Terence Crutcher Foundation. The foundation’s primary focus is...
Topics: black lives matter, Tulsa, Tiffany Crutcher
From Minneapolis to Stonewall: “It is no exaggeration to describe it as an epidemic of racist violence” Demonstrators representing New York’s Black and Brown, Transgender community protested racial injustice after the death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.  A crowd shouting “Black Trans Lives Matter" marched and blocked traffic on the major traffic artery of Greenwich Village and then rallied in front of the...
Topics: LGBTQ, black lives matter, George Floyd
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May 25, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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Corona Virus Unmasks Capitalism with Dr. Gerald Horne, activist, Prof. of History and African-American studies at the University of Houston and one of the most prolific radical historians writing today From official disregard and denial to mismanaged responses, each day the COVID-19 crisis brings into ever sharpening clarity the hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of the ruling class and our system of plantation capitalism. Claims of American exceptionalism and greatness are revealed to be a...
Topics: corona virus capitalism, corona virus racism, Gerald Horne
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May 15, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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Deportation Contagions: How the Age of COVID-19, Anything Other than Ending Deportations is Disastrous. with Jorge Cullar professor of Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies at Dartmouth College reporting from San Salvador Deportations, have been shown to put people in situations of danger and existential risk. Deportees leaving U.S. detention for their home countries face significant challenges as they return to the contexts that prompted their outmigration"of course, after their...
Topics: U.S. deportations, COVID-19 U.S, immigrants, Central America immigration
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BUILDING BRIDGES MAY DAY 2020 PROGRAMMING:  A SYSTEM IN CRISIS & A WORKING-CLASS VISION FOR THE FUTURE produced by Ken Nash & Mimi Rosenberg   We’re Building Bridges with workers of the world to celebrate May Day 2020, by joining labor voices in conversation about how we can build a radical working class response to the current crisis.   May Day, International Workers' Day, is a time to honor and celebrate the radical traditions of the labor movement. In the midst of the current...
Topic: May Day 2020
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Apr 30, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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New York nurses’ union sues over state health department, hospitals over equipment shortages – it’s a matter of life and death for health care providers and patients with Judy Sheridan Gonzalez, pres. New York State Nurses Association The New York State Nurses Association filed three lawsuits on Monday over a lack of personal protective equipment and what it considers dangerous guidance issued by the state department of health during the coronavirus pandemic — the first legal action of...
Topics: coronavirus nurses, NYS Nurses Association
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Apr 27, 2020 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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Postal workers union leader warns USPS could be dead in three months and “Trump efforts to privatize it are an attack on a legal right of the people.” with Jonathan Smith, the President of the New York Metro Area Postal Union, and a special message from actor/activist Danny Glover   We cannot allow Trump to use this horrific pandemic as an opportunity to bankrupt and privatize the Postal Service. Now, more than ever, we need a strong and vibrant postal system to deliver mail 6-days a week....
Topics: post office privatization, post office Trump, Post Office Unions
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Apr 25, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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Building Bridges: Putting People Before Profits:  How Cuba Is Responding To The World Health Emergency With International Solidarity with Dr. John Kirk   —    professor at   Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia,   author of “ Healthcare Without Borders”   and the world’s leading authority   on Cuban Medical Internationalism, recently featured on PBS Nova’s broadcast   “Cuba’s Cancer Hope   Cuba is putting human needs ahead of profits in the fight against COVID-19....
Topics: coronavirus Cuba, Cuban doctors
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Apr 20, 2020 Ken and and Mimi Rosenberg
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How the Poultry Industrys Delayed COVID-19 Response Is Killing Americas Essential Workers  with Edgar Fields, former professional football defensive tackle who played for the Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions and now having committed his life to worker organizing in the deep south is Southeast Council President of the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which represents 100,000 members throughout the United States.  Elose Willis served as Secretary of Local 938,...
Topics: covid-19, coronavirus, coronavirus poutry workers
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Apr 13, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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Dj Vu All Over Again: Warning! Warning! COVID-19 Presents Enhanced Danger for Nations African American Communities with Dr. Donald Moore, a full-time general medicine practitioner, distinguishing for his service to his community and to his profession and who teaches medical students from Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and nurse practitioner students from New York University and Hunter College Nursing Schools. He is a board member of the New York Metro chapter of Physicians for a...
Topics: coronavirus African-Americans, Black Lives Matter
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Apr 6, 2020 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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Amazon’s plans to smear a warehouse worker who was fired after organizing a protest over the lack of coronavirus protection for 5000 workers was racist and classist, illegal and “immoral” says New York’s Attorney General calling for a federal investigation of Chris Small’s termination. with Chris Smalls, terminated Amazon worker/organizer and Derrick Palmer, protesting Amazon warehouse worker Chris Smalls a warehouse fulfillment center worker for Amazon, the third richest company in...
Topics: Amazon warehouse workers, Amazon Chris Smalls, Amazon coronavirus
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Apr 2, 2020 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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Immigrant and migrant workers call for financial assistance and to STOP the attacks on their human rights, which have actually stepped-up during this deadly pandemic! with Cal Soto, Director of and attorney for Workers Rights of the National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON).  Cal joined NDLON from LatinoJustice, where he launched the Rights Restoration Project and now partners with NDLON’s local worker leaders and labor centers using his legal training to add to the capacity and...
Topics: coronavirus immigrants, coronavirus migrant workers, coronavirus
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Mar 12, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report                                 National Edition         Produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg                      ****************************************** Global Days of Action, Arming Ourselves to Disarm Military Spending with Lindsay Koshgarian, Program Director of the National Priorities Project, at the Institute for Policy Studies, where she works on analysis of the federal...
Topics: Military spending, sexual harassment, Harvey Weinstein
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Mar 5, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report                                 National Edition         Produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg                      ****************************************** Free After 42 Years For A Crime The State Knows Delbert Africa Didn’t Commit! with Delbert Africa, political prisoner, 42 years, member of the Move 9 and Dan Thomson,  works at the People’s Law Office as a civil rights and...
Topics: Move 9. Delbert Africa, Mumia Abu-Jamal
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Feb 18, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
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No to Police Use of Military Weapons to Terrorize Black and Latinx Communities - Abolish the "1033 Program". James Baldwin captured the sense of subjugation and domination wrought by increasingly militarized police, decades ago when he wrote that a police officer moves through Harlem like an occupying soldier in an increasingly hostile country. Weapons of destruction are used to terrorize our people. Therefore we cannot accept band-aid solutions to institutionalized terror under the...
Topics: Jaribu Hill, Mississippi workers, police violence
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Jan 27, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report                                 National Edition         Produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg                      ****************************************** Claims that the ‘NAFTA 2’ agreement is better is a macabre joke! with Peter Dolack, organizer against NAFTA and so-called “free trade” agreements with Trade Justice New York Metro,  a coalition that helped organize the...
Topics: NAFTA 2, U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, Peter Dolack
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Jan 27, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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Claims that the ‘NAFTA 2’ agreement is better is a macabre joke! with Peter Dolack, organizer against NAFTA and so-called “free trade” agreements with Trade Justice New York Metro,  a coalition that helped organize the struggle that defeated the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  He regularly writes about the ongoing economic crisis, and the environmental and political issues connected to it, on the Systemic Disorderblog , and his writings have appeared CounterPunch, Z Magazine, The...
Topics: NAFTA 2, US Mexico Canada Agreement, Peter Dolack
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Jan 27, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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President Trump's Peace Plan Is the Latest in a Century of Outrageous Deals for the Palestinians with Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and author of The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine.   Dr. Khalidi talks about how once again, a tawdry deal has been done over the heads of the Palestinians, in their absence, and ignoring their rights – indeed their very existence as a people. As with the Balfour Declaration of 1917 and UN Security...
Topics: Rashid Khalidi, Deal of the Century, Trump Israel, Trump Palestine
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Jan 13, 2020 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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Which Of The 2020 Candidates Is A Friend Of The Workers? with Shaun Richman, Program Dir. of the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies at SUNY Empire State College. .  Wage growth is weak for a tight labor market—and the pace of wage growth is uneven across race and gender.  .  Wage growth is being held back by political decisions and the Trump administration is on the wrong side of key debates. .  Working people have been thwarted in their efforts to bargain for better wages by...
Topics: Presidential Candidates, labor issues, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg
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Jan 2, 2020 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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Free Press Threatened AS UK Set to Rule on Extradition of Julian Assange! Julian Assange, award-winning journalist and publisher of Wikileaks faces extradition to the U.S. on charges under the Espionage Act for publishing the truth about U.S. War crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. Assange is facing 175 years in prison. Former President of the National Lawyers Guild Marjorie Cohn Editor of and contributor to The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse and...
Topics: Julian Assange, Free Press, U.S. War Crimes
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Dec 15, 2019 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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ReVisioning American History: an intersectional history of the shared struggle for African American and Latinx and Peoples’ civil rights with Paul Ortiz, professor of history and director of the Oral History Program at the University of Florida.  He is the author of Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920 and An African American and Latinx History of the United States               An...
Topics: Paul Ortiz, black lives matter, Latinx
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Dec 13, 2019 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report                                 National Edition         Produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg                      ****************************************** How Propaganda Manufactures Consent  - A Forum Presented by the Big Apple Coffee Party with Max Blumenthal, award-winning author and journalist and founder of the independent news website, The Greyzone and Margaret Kimberley,...
Topics: propaganda, Max Blumenthal, Aaron Mate. Margaret Kimberley
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Nov 11, 2019 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report                                 National Edition         Produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg                      ******************************************  "What's Going On"  Marvin Gaye!   On Building Bridges first broadcast day back we took to the streets again and bring you more of the live sounds of people in motion, this time as we covered the Veteran’s Day...
Topics: Veterans Day NYC, Veterans Day NYC Trump, Veterams
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Nov 1, 2019 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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It’s A Matter of Life & Death: Environmental Racism & Its Assault On The American Mind with Harriet A. Washington, has been a research fellow in medical ethics at Harvard Medical School, a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University, and a visiting scholar at DePaul University College of Law.  She has held fellowships at the Harvard T.H.  Chan School of Public Health and Stanford University.  She is the author of Deadly Monopolies, Infectious...
Topics: environmental racism, Harriet Washington
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Oct 7, 2019 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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Analyzing Bernie Sanders’ Workplace Democracy Plan with  Shaun Richman is an In These Times   contributing writer and the Program Director of the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies at SUNY Empire State College. Senator Bernie Sanders has announced his Workplace Democracy Plan to build worker power on the job by protecting unionizing and strikes by workers. In many ways it goes back to the intent of New Deal Legislation which have been seriously weakened over the years by right...
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It’s A Matter of Life & Death: Environmental Racism & Its Assault On The American Mind with Harriet A. Washington, has been a research fellow in medical ethics at Harvard Medical School, a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University, and a visiting scholar at DePaul University College of Law.  She has held fellowships at the Harvard T.H.  Chan School of Public Health and Stanford University.  She is the author of Deadly Monopolies, Infectious...
Topics: Harriet Washington, environmental racism
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Oct 1, 2019 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report                                 National Edition         Produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg                       ******************************************   The Making of a Democratic Economy  with Ted Howard, co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative, and Marjorie Kelly, author of The Divine Right of Capital, and Owning our Future have teamed up to co-author The Making of a...
Topics: Democracy Collaborative, worker cooperatives, cooperatives, workplace democracy
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Sep 30, 2019 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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Striking Auto Workers Need and Deserve to Win Big! with JR Baker, President of Power Train Engine UAW Local 774 in Tonawanda, NY and Mike Elk, Senior Labor Reporter and founder of Payday Report and Nelson Lichtenstein, director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy at the University of California Anyone who understands the need for the United States to reduce its stratospheric levels of economic inequality and to give its workers a boost into the middle class has to be...
Topics: GM strike, UAW GM strike, auto workers strike GM
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Sep 23, 2019 Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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The New York Youth Strike for Climate Justice   Four million protesters around the globe, led by youth, declared the time has come for action on climate change. Two hundred and fifty thousand marched and rallied in New York and we’re Building Bridges to those exuberant youth activists who led the way, and we all—young and old and everywhere in between—followed. We’re building bridges and fighting alongside the student leaders of the US Youth Climate Strike, the organizers of the...
Topics: global warming, climate change, Greta Thunberg, climate strike